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The Secretary-General of Muslim World League (MWL) Dr. Abdullah Bin Abdulmohsin Al-Turki visited the International University of Africa in Sudan on 4/6/1434 A.H. and was received by its Rector Dr. Kamal Obeid and other officials of the university.
At the outset of visit, Dr. Al-Turki listened to a detailed presentation about the university and its inception, objectives and number of its colleges as well as its efforts in the service of Islam and Muslims in Africa.
The MWL Secretary-General had an open session with the staff members and students of the university and it was attended by President of Islamic Fiqh Academy, Dr. Essam Ahmed Al-Bashir, Field Marshal Abdel Rahman Swar Al-Dahab, Chairman, Board of Trustees of Organization of Islamic Da'wah, Saudi Charge d'affaires in Sudan Suleiman Bin Ali Al-Badir and several ambassadors of Arab and Islamic countries.
Dr. Kamal Obeid delivered a speech in which he praised the achievements of higher education in Saudi Arabia, and described its universities as pioneers in the field of education and development of Islamic curriculum.
He said that International University of Africa is one of the universities which are interested in moderate Islam, and it is an international institution that teaches the sciences of Islamic Shari'ah as well as modern sciences such as medicine, engineering and other disciplines which indicate that this university has become a prominent landmark of learning.
Dr. Obaid expressed desire of the University to cooperate with the MWL in conducting studies on contemporary Fiqh that address new developments in the life of Muslims.
On his part, the MWL Secretary-General thanked Rector of the International University of Africa for giving him an opportunity to meet the university staff and students. He also extended his thanks to the Government of Sudan for its keen interest in Africa.
He said that Sudan is a gateway to Africa, and bears the major responsibilities in the continent. He explained that the existence of a university named after the 'African Continent' is an indication of how much attention and care the government and people of Sudan give to the people of Africa.
He expressed his hope that it will play a major role in the development of African societies, given the fact that the university has a specialized center to carry out studies and researches on Africa, wishing for the university to have a precise and realistic vision about the priorities of Africa as well as the African societies and countries.
He assured that the MWL and the League of Islamic Universities, which he heads, are ready to cooperate with the Islamic universities in Africa to upgrade them for the service of African people.
Dr. Al-Turki stressed that Africa needs those who are well qualified and experienced in the specialized fields of medicine, engineering, economics, media and other disciplines, highlighting the importance of training the youth who have qualities of hard work and cooperation and can uplift the societies of African continent as they are fully convinced that people of Africa have to depend upon themselves without waiting for others' assistance.
He called upon the students to select their specializations according to the need of their countries, and realize their role in the service of their societies. He made it clear that Muslim countries and institutions have many programs for this purpose but they need to be integrated and prioritized as only emotions are not enough to help the Muslims in Africa, instead they need practical programs that can uplift them.
After that, Dr. Al-Turki listened to several comments and answered the questions from the university staff members and students.
Then, Rector of the International University of Africa presented the MWL Secretary-General a memento and Dr. Al-Turki presented the MWL shield to Dr. Kamal Obeid.